According to a joint statement from Formula One, the FIA, and his Mercedes team, Lewis Hamilton was the target of “multiple instances of racist abuse on social media” during and after his controversial win in the British Grand Prix.
Early in the race, the seven-time world champion was involved in an incident that saw championship leader Max Verstappen crash into a wall and crash out of the race.
Hamilton received a ten-second penalty but went on to win the race and cut the championship led to just eight points.
“During, and after, yesterday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was subjected to multiple instances of racist abuse on social media following an in-race collision,” they said in a joint statement condemning the behaviour “in the strongest possible terms”.
“These people have no place in our sport and we urge that those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.
“Formula 1, the FIA, the drivers and the teams are working to build a more diverse and inclusive sport, and such unacceptable instances of online abuse must be highlighted and eliminated.”
After the race, Verstappen was taken to the hospital for tests and later accused Hamilton of “disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour.”
Hamilton, a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, recently expressed his solidarity with England footballers Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho, who were also targeted after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final.
“I hope this opens a conversation around acceptance,” he wrote on Instagram at the time.
“We must work towards a society that doesn’t require Black players to prove their value or place in society only through victory.”